Nonprescription Product Compounding

Nonprescription Product"Nonprescription - Sold legally without a physician's prescription; over-the-counter: nonprescription drugs." — The American Heritage Dictionary

A nonprescription drug has been defined as a product the average consumer can use to treat minor, self-limiting illnesses without the intervention of a health professional. As health care has grown and become more effective, scientific and complex, so has the nonprescription drug component. Self-medication has become increasingly important in Canada due to a number of factors such as the more health conscious and self-driven consumer, the economic need for reducing health care costs, the increasing number of Rx to OTC switches and the greater availability of pharmacist counseling. It is this last factor, pharmacist counseling, that is of most interest to the pharmacists at Lorraine's Pharmacy. However, at Lorraine's Pharmacy, we take the pharmacist-patient relationship to an even higher level by custom-compounding nonprescription products for our customers.

Why compound nonprescription products? Well, as with prescription medications, nonprescription products also have limitations. That is, no two people are alike with respect to their nonprescription product needs and not all patients can be effectively treated with commercially available products. It is this subset of patients that we help manage self-care challenges with compounded nonprescription products. This is an area of specialty compounding which our pharmacists excel in. If you have a self-treatable condition, but are not happy with the commercially available options available to you, please feel free to drop by or call one of our knowledgeable pharmacists. You may be surprised at the unique variety of compounded options available to you!

Examples of Problem-Solving Solutions:

  • Preparation of medications in commercially unavailable dosage forms (e.g. capsules, lollipops, gargles, ear drops, creams, ointments, gels, lotions, nasal sprays, throat sprays, medication sticks, gummy bears, puddings, freezies, syrups, suspensions, troches/lozenges, suppositories, enemas, transdermal gels, etc.)
  • Flavor adjustment (e.g. hundreds to choose from such as cherry, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, banana, orange, grape, chocolate, bubblegum, etc.)
  • Preparation of medications in commercially unavailable dosages (e.g. increase or decrease dose, dosing on a mg/kg basis, sustained release)
  • Removal of unnecessary or unwanted ingredients (e.g. lactose, fillers, dyes, preservatives)
  • Preparation of hypoallergenic non-prescription products such as soaps, deodorants, shampoos, hair gels, etc.
  • Preparation of nutritional, herbal, and sports supplements in a variety of dosage forms and multi-ingredient preparations, resulting in a more user-friendly supplementation program
  • Preparation of discontinued or back-ordered nonprescription products